Tag Archives: Rugby League

Sixer Says: if Leeds Rhinos can rise to the occasion, why not Sunderland too?

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith gets back to roots with a trip to Old Trafford, not to see Seb Larsson score an unlikely winner or Vito Mannone make the penalty shoot out saves from Adnan Januzaj and Rafael to earn a Wembley appearance but to savour a great day out for a man fond of the oval ball […]

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Sixer’s Travels: as a postponed trip to Middlesbrough mercifully spares one fate …

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

But it was still a weekend of pleasure rather than the usual Sunderland-induced pain, according to Pete Sixsmith. He saw some decent non-league football, albeit watching Shildon lose, and some rugby league. He’s already worried about Saturday but put aside such cares to compose another piece of classy writing combining sport, social observation, politics and […]

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Sixer’s Travels – Scotland’s result a shock – Shildon’s not so much

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Malcolm Dawson writes……Rafael – the latest gentleman’s gentleman in situ at Sixsmith Towers must have expected a busy weekend warming up the Taylor’s pork pies and chilling the Timothy Taylor’s Landlord while Pete Sixsmith settled himself in front of the telly for the World Cup Qualifiers and alongside the radio for Test Match Special. But […]

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Chapman Reports from Aston Villa as Sixer acclaims Lizzie Jones at Wembley

Bob Chapman seems to have had the sort of awayday Monsieur Salut most enjoys (except when there’s the cherry on the cake of a win to make it even better): pre-match pints with John Marshall and the Woods brothers, Mick and Gerard, followed by Sunderland goals to cheer and at least the avoidance of defeat […]

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Sixer Says: oh for Derby or Wigan and not QPR

Can we keep the faith?

One grain of pure white snow, Bert Jansch wrote in his classic song about drug addiction, Needle of Death. It hasn’t yet become quite that bad at Sixsmith Towers. Pete Sixsmith still has a few sporting outlets to get him through the early summer and there is the World Cup to, er, look forward to. […]

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Countdown to Wembley: Widnes, Warrington and Morris Men but no Dave Watson

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

As I said in an earlier Countdown to Wembley piece, I didn’t make the 1985 or 1992 cup finals. Nor, it must be said, have I made any of the playoff games, finals or otherwise. The nearest I have ever come to them was to arrive in Sunderland the evening after the loss to Crystal […]

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Sixer’s wash-out Saturday: Wembley blues, red faces in Sunderland

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So Pete Sixsmith got away with his act of desertion, truanting from the first home game of the season to watch an oval ball at Wembley, and still has the treat of Reading at home to come. Here he offers thoughts on the more than slightly embarrassing postponement – and Warrington’s comfortable victory over Leeds […]

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Sixer’s Sentiments: Joey Barton, Premier League withdrawal symptoms and Super League allure

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Pete Sixsmith has been back at the chalk face, enriching young lives and earning the means to enable him to attend Premier League games again next season. Or will he forsake round footballs for the squashed variety? Ask him at the wrong moment, when he’s just been thinking about Joey Barton or recapturing his Rugby […]

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Soapbox: Liverpool, greed and money for nothing

Just when you thought money in football could hardly be more unfairly distributed as it is, along comes some Anfield suit with plans to make it unfairer still. At least Pete Sixsmith was able to enjoy some non-league fare and Rugby League before a new encounter with the ugly face of corporate football … What […]

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Soapbox: Old Trafford revisited

No one is quite sure what this is doing here. Has Salut! Sunderland taken leave of its senses? Has Rugby League taken over from football? Let Pete Sixsmith – who went back to Old Trafford one week on, and not to collect his personal copy of Sir Alex’s non-apology to Alan Wiley – explain … […]

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Chroniclers of doom. Where, Ellis Short, will SAFC be a year hence?

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Gloomy times, gloomy thoughts from Monsieur Salut … No football club, whatever its history, has a divine right to play […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 SAFC. Rock bottom again

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The latest defeat in a sorry season does not, of course, send us down again just yet. It does put […]

Bolton Wanderers vs SAFC: their turn to ask the questions

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Scroll down for a Bolton Q+A session – Gabe John from the Burnden Aces fan site seeking answers from Monsieur […]

Bolton Wanderers Who are You?: ‘overpaid players who won’t fight for club’

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Michael Gething is the chairman of London Whites, the London branch of the Bolton Wanderers supporters’ club. He knows people […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never […]

A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to […]